The College of Juvenile Justice & Psychology is committed to excellence in education, training, prevention, research, and service. By offering a diverse curriculum with three graduate degrees and three undergraduate degrees, the College will educate empiricists, educators and practitioners in juvenile justice and psychology.

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED

  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B S. in Criminal Justice with Juvenile Justice Specialization
  • B.S. in Psychology

B.S. in Criminal Justice
The criminal justice programs are designed to produce proficient graduates who can excel in various aspects of the field in leadership, service, research and innovation. Criminal justice majors will have the benefit of an informed and caring faculty to challenge them in their preparation to meet the demands of today’s workplace and the nation’s most rigorous graduate programs.

B.S. in Psychology
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology is designed to prepare a pathway for students to enter their chosen area of psychology specialization. Students are closely advised to help them make knowledgeable decisions regarding their professional direction. Particular focus is placed on developing the student’s research skills, and knowledge of physiological psychology. The rigorous nature of this program will assist students in being nationally competitive in the workplace and for graduate school admission.

GRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED

  • Master of Science in Juvenile Justice
  • Master of Science in Juvenile Forensic Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Juvenile Justice

The Master of Science Degree in Juvenile Justice (MSJJ). This program seeks a diverse group of qualified students with backgrounds in various disciplines committed to improving the life experiences of youths involved in the Juvenile Justice System.

This degree program is only online. Total credit hours to obtain MSJJ are 36.

INTRODUCTION TO MSJJ ONLINE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

This information is meant to give the incoming MSJJ Online student a brief introduction to the program, as well as important information as to how to begin the process of web learning.

The MSJJ Online degree program was developed to be completed primarily through the student’s personal computer and his/her own time. Prairie View A&M University states that all major exams (mid-term and final exams) must be completed either on the Prairie View campus or at an approved testing center. If you decide to attempt an exam at a testing center, you must inform the instructor at the beginning of the course so that we can locate the testing center closest to you and make the necessary arrangements.

It is critical that the student read the Master of Science in Juvenile Justice Graduate Student Handbook. The Handbook is the governing document for the master’s degree program. There are a number of important points in the Handbook that are worth review including:

  1. The College of Juvenile Justice & Psychology offers a number of graduate assistantships, but they will only be offered to students who are able to make it to the Prairie View campus;
  2. There are four required courses in the program that include Foundations of Juvenile Justice, Theories of Delinquency, Research Methods, and Applied Statistical Methods. Applied Statistics must be completed within the first 12 hours of the program.

All students must have access to a personal computer with a word processing program and internet access. We recommend that students use computers and software that are not more than two generations old. We do not require the use of a particular web browser. Acceptable word processing programs include Microsoft Office products and Corel Word Perfect.

The Master of Science Degree in Juvenile Forensic Psychology (MSJFP) seeks a diverse group of qualified students with backgrounds in various disciplines committed to improving the life experiences of youths involved in the Juvenile Justice System.

Total credit hours to obtain MSJFP are 36.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN JUVENILE JUSTICE

The goal of the Ph.D.JJ program is to provide doctoral training in juvenile justice research. General objectives include the development of new knowledge, juvenile crime prevention and improvement in the juvenile justice system, and dissemination of knowledge gained. The specific intention of the program is to produce scholars with three characteristics: First, graduates will have superior empirical skills. Second, they will be specialists in the subject matter of the juvenile justice discipline. Third, they will be generalists in the subject matter of criminal justice. The program produces scholars to teach in criminal justice and criminology departments of colleges and universities and researchers to work in federal, state, and large local agencies.

Total credit hours to obtain Ph.D.JJ are 61.

For additional information contact:

Courtney Bryant
281-342-3034
csbryant@pvamu.edu